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Friday, August 31, 2018

Boston Man and Arizona-Based Supplier Sentenced for Distributing Methamphetamine

BOSTON – A Boston man and his Arizona-based supplier have been sentenced in federal court in Boston for trafficking methamphetamine.

Adrian Carlos Maldonado, 38, of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release; and Peter Molloy, 39, of South Boston, was sentenced yesterday to 32 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine. In June 2018, Molloy and Maldonado each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Molloy also pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Molloy began distributing methamphetamine in approximately January 2014, originally purchasing methamphetamine from a variety of sources and distributing the drugs to customers in the Boston area. At some point in roughly January 2015, Molloy began purchasing the drugs from Maldonado, who was based in Arizona. Maldonado arranged for the methamphetamine to be transported from Arizona to Massachusetts. 

A search of Molloy’s residence in South Boston resulted in the seizure of more than 160 grams of methamphetamine, $75,762 in cash and a $1,000 money order. As part of his plea agreement, Molloy agreed to forfeit the seized cash and money order, his interest in his condominium, and a 2014 Hyunda Veloster that he used to facilitate drug dealing. Molloy also agreed to waive claims to other items that were seized, or turned over, to law enforcement during the investigation, including an additional $98,000, a $10,000 cashier’s check and another $1,000 money order. 

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Office; William Ferrara, Director of Field Operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Raymond Moss, Acting Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Field Division; Commissioner Thomas Turco of the Massachusetts Department of Correction; Reading Police Chief Mark D. Segalla; and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross made the announcement. Norfolk County Sherriff’s Office; Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office; and the Watertown, Quincy, Chelsea, Braintree, Peabody, Waltham, and Woburn Police Departments assisted with the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Arnold of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.  

Drug Trafficking
Updated August 31, 2018